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Redefining The Modern Wine Experience

Josh McFadden, the 31 yr. old Creative Director and Founder of Proof Wine Collective (a creative company dedicated to developing small-production, critically-acclaimed wineries) has big plans for a space of his own. The self-taught entrepreneur has spent over ten years mastering the ins and outs of the wine industry: working harvest, sommelier at restaurants, wine buyer, wine shop clerk, cellar rat, cook, server, and wine label designer… He’s been there!

After 4 years of building Proof from the ground up, Josh is ready to catapult himself into the next big project. Turncoat Wine Co. will be a wine bar located in the center of the rapidly growing wine region that is the Central Coast of California. Not only will it be a wine bar, the 4000 sq. ft. space will also offer a full service restaurant, wine shop, lesson room for tastings, and also act as an event location. Turncoat will create a much larger wine presence in the small downtown of San Luis Obispo, and put the area on the map as a top destination for lovers of wine, art and food. It is set to open its doors in early 2013.

The space will be a “living gallery”, as Josh describes it. “Imagine the most interesting party you’ve ever been to: you are meeting fascinating people, including awesome winemakers, offering you wines you’ve never seen, you are being offered food from the season you’ve never tasted, and you have at your disposal over 500 wines from wineries located everywhere in the world. The place will be a display of sensations, and the play between all of them: an interpretation-gasm.”

Needless to say, Josh is intent that Turncoat will be a work of art in itself. His repertoire includes labels on display at the SF MOMA, Trader Joes, as well as for many of the top wine producers of Paso Robles and Santa Barbara like Herman StorySans LiegeField RecordingsAlta Maria, and Force of Nature.

“The winemakers I’ve worked with, just like myself, don’t come from money or privilege.” Josh brings up. “We’ve had to make our own way and we couldn’t have made it this far without the support from our friends.”

In preparation for Turncoat, Proof Wine Collective has put together a compelling campaign to raise money and awareness on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com. They’re trying to raise $25,000 by Dec. 3rd in order to help fund some of the initial start up costs of the wine bar. Rewards for support vary from graphic t-shirts, fine art prints, and custom art pieces inspired by yourself. “One print we made is called Wine Pangea which is my attempt to simplify and beautify the world of wine; and the other is called Presidential Drugs of Choice it’s a print detailing every drug/vice done by each President,” explained Josh.  Both the prints reflect Proof’s unique creative style which reappropriates vintage engravings with colors, elegant typography, and new information.

Proof Wine Collective was founded in 2008 in order to create a world where curious and creative spirits may fall in love with wine. Visit their website atwww.proofwinecollective.com.

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Legacy Wines Debut with ‘The Gathering’

The recently launched Legacy Wines impulse, export and on-trade division of Manchester-based Kingsland Wines and Spirits has announced its first new brand launch.

‘The Gathering’ is Legacy’s contemporary brand inspired by the spirit of people coming together and the philosophy that good wine is best enjoyed when shared with friends. Three 2011 vintage South African wines initially make up the range; a Shiraz/Grenache, Chenin/Chardonnay and Pinotage Rose, a great selection of South African red wine, white wine and rose.

The range is available from a number of stockists including Landmark members, Nisa retailers, selected Spar stores in the South West and Filshill in Scotland; with many more retailers coming throughout the year.

The Gathering’s launch, with an RRP of £6.99 and upcoming promotions, marks the start to an exciting year for Legacy Wines, who are also planning further brand releases in 2012; including other sharing and dinner party wines from New Zealand and California showcased at this year’s coming ProWein and LIWF exhibitions.

Legacy Marketing Manager Laura Delooze commented on the launch: “We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘The Gathering’; the first of a number of new brands we are developing for the Impulse, On Trade and European export channels. The wine quality and innovative branding, supported by a bespoke website and social media pages, have already been well received resulting in strong listings.”

For further details on Legacy Wines including news on future launches, please visit the Legacy Wines website www.legacywines.co.uk, or for further news on The Gathering, please visit the newly launched website (www.gatheringwines.co.uk), Facebook page (facebook.com/GatheringWines) and Twitter page (@GatheringWines).

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UK Wine Drinker Hazel Rigazio Has 2,015 Naked Wines’ Customers To Thank For Winning A Winemaking Trip To Mclaren Vale, South Australia

UK wine drinker Hazel Rigazio has 2,015 Naked Wines‘ customers to thank for winning a winemaking trip to McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Naked Wines, along with bbcgoodfood.com and the Government of South Australia, ran a competition throughout September challenging customers to come up with a new name for a wine, with Hazel’s entry Botanically Blessed winning the lions share of the public vote.

“I asked all of my friends to vote for my entry, but I never imagined I’d get 2,015 votes let alone win the competition, I’m absolutely astounded! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves, live the life of a winemaker, and blend my very own wine” explained Hazel.

Hazel, from Mersyside, will spend a week working alongside Naked Wines’ producer Jock Harvey at his family-run winery Chalk Hill, and if all goes according to plan, customers will see her tipple Botanically Blessed for sale in the UK on the Naked site.

“We had over 5,000 entries in total, with some really strong contenders – and some pretty ropey and inappropriate ones too!” explained Rowan Gormley, Founder of Naked Wines. “ But putting it to the public vote made it easy to pick the winner. We use our most interactive customers to help us select our wines, and it made sense to do the same with the competition.”

With the second most popular entry (ade-get-laide) receiving 433 votes, Hazel’s entry was the outright favourite.

Other entries included Didgeribooze, Down Wonder, Aussie Drools and Not for the Sheilas, with one entrant including a label design of his naked girlfriend posing strategically inside a six-bottle box (Robert Young Photography).

Hazel’s trip will include a stay on Kangaroo Island, a tour of Adelaide and numerous cellar-door tastings. And to find out how Hazel gets on, you can follow her blog at http://www.nakedwines.com/auscomp.

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Enagic USA, Inc Launches New Kangen Water SD501U Water Filtration Device

Enagic, Inc. has recently introduced a brand new water filtration device, the Kangen Water™ model SD501U. Packed with all the same power of Enagic’s flagship product, the SD501, this water filtration system can be directly mounted underneath an existing countertop for better storage. For more information please visit http://www.phdrinkingwater.com.

The new Kangen Water™ SD501U filtration device comes with a very generous, bumper to bumper five-year warranty and comes with all the standard features available with the high-quality family of ionizers from Enagic USA, Inc. Each device has the ability to create all forms of Kangen Water™, including strong, neutral, acidic and strong acidic. Kangen Water™ is one of the purest antioxidants one can ingest. With this new under-the-counter device, owners can easily store the unit out of sight while easily accessing the benefits of fresh Kangen Water™. With some simple adjustments to a customer’s existing sink a counter mounted discharge port allows for easy access of the Kangen Water™ SD501U machine. The Enagic, Inc. filtration devices no longer have to sit on a kitchen counter top taking up valuable counter space. Kangen Water™ does not have to be used just for physical consumption either. Many people are using KANGEN water for cooking and bathing and not just for drinking. Cooking with Kangen Water™ has been known to enhance the taste of food and bathing in Kangen Water™ has been known to work wonders on all types of hair and skin conditions. Kangen Water™ has also been known to have amazing rejuvenating powers, helping the body to return to its original healthy state. Chronically ill patients have discovered that Kangen Water™ has aided them in the recovery from many illnesses. Enagic’s larger devices have the ability to be used in a restaurant or small-scale food industry settings providing chefs with amazing results. Enagic’s water ionizers come with self-cleaning capabilities so that there is no need to dismantle the device in order to clean it.

For more information or to watch a quick video as to how this water’s magic really works for everyday people and the benefits that Kangen Water™ filtration machines can bring a person please visit http://www.phdrinkingwater.com.

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Eden Springs Launches Online Hydration Calculator

Eden Springs, the UK’s leading water cooler supplier, have just released a new hydration calculator that enables people to work out how much water they should be drinking. This online tool calculates your optimum daily water intake by taking into account a person’s gender, age, weight and exercise routine. The hydration calculator is available in the services section of the Eden Springs website.

It is commonly accepted that we all require a certain amount of water to maintain optimum health, energy and concentration. It is also reported that most people fall short of this daily requirement. What is less understood is exactly how much water we need.

Everyone is familiar with the ‘8 glasses a day’ or “7 glasses per day” arguments, but these rumours often understate our true requirements and don’t take into account the differences in a person’s age, weight and lifestyle. On the flip side, drinking too much water is not ideal either so it’s important for an individual to learn about their own requirements with some level of accuracy.

Damien Higgins, Marketing Manager at Eden Springs says “Eden Springs have released this calculator to give existing customers and website visitors a way of working out how many glasses of water they might need and it’s a reminder to us all that we should be refilling our glasses as we go about our day.”

“We’ve also just released a new range of low cost bottled water cooler rental plans, and this calculator helps people to work out how many bottles of water they might need each month for their home or office. Of course, we can also deliver additional bottles to their doorstep at short notice if they find they’re running short.”

The hydration calculator is a continuation of Eden Springs ‘Well-Being at Work’ philosophy, which encourages the consumption of water in the workplace to improve health, energy, focus and concentration.

Eden Springs is a recognised European brand and the leading supplier of bottled and plumbed-in water coolers in the UK. Based in Glasgow, they supply and service 130,000 water coolers held by more than 80,000 customers across the country. To learn more about Eden Springs, or to view a complete range of water coolers, please visit EdenSprings.co.uk.

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